Digital Manufacturing

Insight Podcasts: October Edition

Updated on Friday 2 October 2020, 12:01 PM

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Our Insight Podcast series aims to help you design better parts for digital manufacturing. We will provide you with useful tips to save time and money, as well as looking into case studies to support your own journey to part production.

Below is a recap of our latest podcasts, you can also view all of our podcasts on our website and through popular streaming services, including Apple, Google, and Spotify.

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Protolabs Q&A: 3D Printing

In this episode we answer your questions on 3D Printing with Tasos Pantelis, an Application Engineer at Protolabs and our 3D Champion for Europe. See below for a list of questions answered in this session:

  • Are Protolabs able to give guidance on fatigue properties of metal materials?
  • Do you need to perform any post-build operations in order to make the walls gas tight?
  • Do you use any form of in-situ inspection to monitor build property during the build or only inspect after this is completed?
  • Does morphology of the metal powder effect the build?
  • How do you comprise between part strength and internal stresses?
  • How well does DMLS deal with print in place parts?
  • What systems are used to check density control between parts printed in the same batch?
  • Why do overhangs not print on DMLS?
  • Does Protolabs offer materials with flammability approvals?
  • Is stress relieving a standard part of the process or must you explicitly request it?
  • How does build orientation get decided?
  • How is Protolabs set up to cope with the high demand of COVID19 parts?

Get involved in future sessions by sending in your questions to ProtolabsQA@protolabs.co.uk or use #ProtolabsQA.

 

Protolabs Q&A: CNC Machining

In this episode we answer your questions on CNC Machining with Marco Tonnarelli, an Application Engineer at Protolabs and our CNC Machining Champion for Europe. See below for a list of questions answered in this session:

  • Do you offer transparent materials?
  • For a few units, ideally 1 piece, what is the most valuable process, CNC Machining or 3D Printing?
  • What is the value of using CNC Machining over other processes?
  • What level of inspection do you apply to your machined parts?
  • Can we get coloured parts?
  • How do you decide which process to use, milling or lathe?
  • Am I able to provide my own material to be machined?
  • Can you rework a part that has features not aligned in 3-axis?
  • What is the difference between 3 and 5 axis?
  • Do you use dovetail cutters?
  • What post-processes do Protolabs offer?
  • What is the material range for CNC machining, in particular, are there any suitable for aerospace and automotive?
  • How can I reduce cost through part design?

Get involved in future sessions by sending in your questions to ProtolabsQA@protolabs.co.uk or use #ProtolabsQA.

 

Protolabs Q&A: Injection Moulding

In this on-demand episode we answer your questions on Injection Moulding with Marco Tonnarelli, an Application Engineer at Protolabs. See below for a list of questions answered in this session:

  • Do you offer 2K moulding solutions?
  • If the priority is external face and it has no draft, is there a solution for this?
  • With glass filled parts where the cosmetic element is vital, how do you recommend getting a good finish?
  • Weld lines, any advice? How do I avoid them?
  • Do you have design guides for self-mating parts? You can access the white paper referred to here.
  • What inspection services do you offer for Injection Moulded parts?
  • Can you give examples of the metal on methods you use and the drawbacks of each?
  • Do you have any special advice for the design of symmetrical parts, for example, for a part in an aircraft drone?
  • What tolerance can you typically hold?
  • Your tolerances are too large for my application, can you reduce them?
  • Why would I use an aluminium tool? Does it not break or wear more than steel?

Get involved in future sessions by sending in your questions to ProtolabsQA@protolabs.co.uk or use #ProtolabsQA.

 

Protolabs Q&A: Secondary Services

In this episode we answer your questions on post-processes performed on your parts after manufacture, or what we call Secondary Services. Samuel Guest, a Special Operations Project Engineer at Protolabs answering your questions on the following:

  • What is “secondary services”?
  • Is the need for measurement increasing in the future of manufacturing?
  • Is there any specific technology you would recommend?
  • Would any of the secondary services available be suitable for bead blasting?
  • Are all the secondary services available in the UK?
  • Is pad printing a cost effective method for prototype parts?
  • What is the best way to get a company logo onto parts?
  • What to do if I have a surface finish different to what I can select on your quote?
  • Why can I not get a benchmark cost?
  • Why are secondary services not included as standard?
  • I have a request for a service not shown on your website, is this possible?
  • How does secondary services tie in with the Protolabs digital manufacturing model?
  • What secondary services are currently available?
  • How do I get a quote for a secondary service?
  • What are the benefits of letting Protolabs complete secondary services?
  • Are the secondary services as fast as the Protolabs standard offering?
  • Why weren’t secondary services available earlier? Can I add secondary services to parts I’ve already ordered with Protolabs?

Get involved in future sessions by sending in your questions to ProtolabsQA@protolabs.co.uk or use #ProtolabsQA.

 

 

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